Rick’s Tips: Waiver Watching

If you’ve made it this far, then you’re still alive for a fantasy championship. I’m back with waiver wire advice at the toughest position to fill in fantasy hoops: shooting guard.

There once was a day when SG was arguably the deepest position in the NBA. Think about the 90s with Michael Jordan, Clyde Drexler, Reggie Miller, Joe Dumars, Mitch Richmond, Allan Houston, Steve Smith, Nick Anderson, Jeff Hornacek, John Starks, Hersey Hawkins, Latrell Sprewell, Ron Harper, and the list goes on and on…

Today, you have Kobe Bryant, Dwyane Wade, Ray Allen, Joe Johnson, Manu Ginobili, James Harden, Monta Ellis, Eric Gordon and Jason Terry headlining the 2-guard position. However, beyond those big names, it’s a collection of rising players like Paul George, DeMar Derozan, Marcus Thornton and Rodney Stuckey, the injury-prone Kevin Martin, and a plethora of timeshares.

Because filling the 2-guard spot in a position-based league has become so challenging, I will offer up five shooting guards for your perusal. They are listed in order of how much I trust them this week.

Courtney Lee

It doesn’t sound like Kevin Martin will return from his shoulder injury anytime soon, so it appears fantasy owners can safely expect Lee to get full run at the 2 for at least another week. In 15 starts this season, Lee is averaging 14 points, 1.6 threes, and 1.3 steals in 37.3 minutes. He should have no problem meeting or exceeding those digits this week.

J.J. Redick

With Hedo Turkoglu on the shelf for three weeks because of a facial fracture, Jason Richardson is starting at small forward while Redick is now the starting shooting guard. J.J. took full advantage of his promotion on Saturday at Philadelphia, scoring 19 points in 41 minutes. With Dwight Howard and Ryan Anderson dealing with injuries, there may be more shots for J.J., but the efficiency may dip without Dwight drawing the double teams.

Randy Foye

Foye is coming off a week in which he led the NBA with 17 threes, but I can’t fully trust him for two reasons.

One, Maurice Williams is due back from injury any day now, at which point LA will have three healthy SGs, with Foye, Williams, and Nick Young. That’s too crowded for my taste. Two, Foye is a notorious streak shooter, so to expect a repeat performance would be overly optimistic.

Shannon Brown

The former Laker would be on top of this list if Michael Redd weren’t playing so well right now. Brown and Redd are basically splitting time at the 2 in Phoenix, with Alvin Gentry riding the hot hand most nights. Brown has always been a mixed bag, so I expect one spike game, one down game, and a couple in the middle, working out to about 15 ppg.
Terrence Williams

I have been fascinated with Williams’ talent since he was a first round pick out of Louisville. Williams has the athleticism, physique, and skill set to be a really good player (he’s a certifiable stat sheet stuffer). However, he doesn’t always play with his head, he’s inconsistent, and he seems to struggle with when to pass and when to shoot.

All that said, Williams has stepped up in the absences of Thornton and John Salmons. Over the last 5 games, Williams is averaging 13 points, 6.4 rebounds, 4 assists, and 1.6 steals in 29 minutes.

He may continue to hover around 30 minutes even after Thornton returns, as the Kings need to take a long look at Williams to determine is they want to move forward with him. He’s a HIGH-risk, HIGH-reward player this week, so you need to ask yourself one question: “Do you feel lucky?”

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